Do you consider yourself a traditionalist? Do you think that the exchange of rings at a wedding is a traditional act?
Have you ever wondered why rings are exchanged at a wedding? Or why they are worn on the third finger of the left hand?
The use of rings in a wedding ceremony some say date back to ancient Egypt about 4800 years ago where the oldest recorded exchange of wedding rings took place.
Egyptians believed that the third finger of the left held a special vein which was directly connected to the heart. They therefore wore wedding bands on that finger to ensure that they were connected to the rhythm with their hearts, were at one with their spiritual bodies and this connection would help them maintain a long and loving and marriage.
This tradition has carried on over many centuries and has been used in many countries. It is still widely used today. In your wedding celebration ceremony you are of course able to choose exactly what you want, however, the exchange of rings adds a traditional element to any ceremony.
A blessing is often used at the point in the ceremony when the rings are being exchanged and one of the loveliest reads as follows “From the earliest of times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness, a symbol of committed love. An unbroken and never ending circle symbolizes a commitment of love that is also never ending. As often as either of you look at this symbol, I hope that you will be reminded of the commitment to love each other, which you have made here today.”
The wearing of rings is a lovely, lasting and open demonstration of love and commitment to each other. It publically declares your union to another and is an immediate and instantly recognisable sign of your matrimonial status.
I am able to include this lovely traditional act in the wedding celebration ceremonies that I offer.